Google says 20 US states 'exploring' contact tracing apps

Google says 20 US states 'exploring' contact tracing apps

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Friday that 20 U.S. states and territories, representing about 45per cent of the country's population, are "exploring" contact tracing apps for the novel coronavirus using a tool it developed with Apple Inc .

People walk past the logo of Google in Davos
People walk past the logo of Google in Davos, Switzerland Januar 22, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files

OAKLAND, Calif.: Alphabet Inc's Google said on Friday (Jul 31) that 20 US states and territories, representing about 45 per cent of the country's population, are "exploring" contact tracing apps for the novel coronavirus using a tool it developed with Apple Inc .

Google had previously said in May that three states - Alabama, North Dakota and South Carolina - would be launching apps using the exposure notification tool.

In addition, the company said 16 countries and regions outside the US had launched apps using the Apple-Google tool.

The technology enables app users to track encounters with other people through Bluetooth signals and anonymously notify contacts if they later become infected with the virus.

Source: Reuters

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